Understanding and explaining

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The quest to provide a fundamental understanding and explanation of reality isan ambitious one. Perhaps it is too ambitious. The possible restrictions for suchan enterprise to be successful must be inquired in order to determine the issue.Section 1 explores one’s understanding in reaching (scientific) conclusions:to what extent does a successful account testify to understanding? Section 2focuses on the other side of such an account: does it provide an explanationin a more fundamental sense than pointing out causes of phenomena, or is itrestricted to such a task? A critical stance vis-à-vis the (scientific) enterpriseof unearthing reality’s structure remains necessary in order not to confuse aconsistent and productive theory with one that demonstrates an understandingand explanation in the sense of this article.


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